Robert Wosnitzer

Robert Wosnitzer

Joined Stern 2015

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 3-106
New York, NY 10012

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Robert Wosnitzer joined New York University Stern School of Business as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Communication in September 2015. Professor Wosnitzer’s research focuses on financial cultures, ethics, and regulation. His recent work studies the social and cultural histories of trading credit instruments and derivatives, and he is a founding member of the Cultures of Finance Group at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge. Professor Wosnitzer received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Media, Culture and Communication, both from New York University. Prior to joining NYU, he traded and placed debt instruments with institutional clients for over a decade at firms including Lehman Brothers and Wells Fargo Capital Markets.

Research Interests

  • Financial culture
  • Ethics
  • Financial regulation
  • Political economy
  • Economic history

Courses Taught

  • Business & Its Publics
  • Commerce & Culture

Academic Background

Ph.D., Media, Culture and Communication, 2014
New York University

M.A., Media, Culture and Communication, 2008
New York University

B.A., Media, Culture and Communication, 2006
New York University

Awards & Appointments

Editorial Board, Journal of Cultural Economy Editorial Board, Journal of Cultural Economy 2020
Outstanding Teacher Award 2014
Phyllis & Gerald Leboff Doctoral Fellowship 2013
Bruce Initiative for Rethinking Capitalism Graduate Fellow 2012
Johannesburg Workshop in Theory & Criticism 2010
Steinhardt Dean’s Grant 2010
NYU Founders Scholar 2006
The Wallace Gobetz Memorial Award 2006

Selected Publications

Robert Wosnitzer, Christian Borch (2020)
The Handbook to Critical Finance Studies

Robert Wosnitzer (2014)
The Voice Spoken But Not Heard: Allegories of Labor and Finance
in ‘The Artist.’ Radical History Review, 118, 182-196

Robert Wosnitzer, Martha Poon (2012)
What Liquidated Corporate America?
Journal of Cultural Economy, 5:2, 247-255

Robert Wosnitzer (2011)
Proprietary Trading, the Volcker Rule, and the Historical Temporality of Finance
Rethinking Capitalism Newsletter, Vol. 2

Robert Wosnitzer, Robert Jensen (2007)
‘Crash’ and the self-indulgence of white America
Crash Course: Reflections on the Film Crash for Critical Dialogues About Race, Power and Privilege.

Areas of Expertise


  • Social Entrepreneurship


  • Business Ethics
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)


  • Credit/Debt Markets
  • Derivatives
  • Financial History
  • Financial Institutions
  • Fixed Income
  • Proprietary Trading
  • Securities Markets


  • Financial Industry
  • News Media
  • Telecommunications


  • Communications
  • Corporate Culture